Why did my weight loss slow?
This is a very good question and we all must understand the answer so we are not disappointed. There are several reasons why after losing weight, especially if the first two months were very good weight loss, the amount of weight loss slows down.
First: if you have lost many pounds by sticking with a very strict diet, the difference from your new weight to your present calorie count is less than the difference between your old weight and your present calorie count. In other words a 150 pound person just can’t lose as fast and as much as a 250 pound person.
Second: There is a theory that a “set point” exists in our brain that attempts to protect our present weight to some degree. In other words, if our weight is 240 pounds at our present calorie intake and energy metabolism level, if we are working to change our weight, our body will somewhat work against us when we move very far away from our present weight. Many bariatricians (weight loss doctors) feel that one of the advantages of the medicines we prescribe is that it allows this “set point” for our weight to be switched to a lower level. This is not yet been proven scientifically, but studies presented at national conferences strongly support this thought.
Third: As we loose weight, initially our weight loss is approximately 75% fat and 25% lean body tissue. As we exercise and increase our protein intake, we build muscle to replace the lost lean body mass. Therefore our weight loss changes to primarily fat and we actually may be building our muscle mass. We may loose 6 pounds of fat and gain three pounds muscle resulting in only a 3 pound loss on the scale.
There are more reasons but the point is: don’t be upset with 4 – 6 pounds weight loss in the fourth month after losing ten to twenty or more pounds in the first two months.
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